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News flash: From the 1st of August the amended Employment Equity Act will become effective

by , 31 July 2014
Earlier this year, we reported that President Jacob Zuma signed the amendments to the Employment Equity Act (EE Act).

Now we have another update for you regarding the amended EE Act: The Act will officially become effective on the 1st of August.

Read on to find out more about this so you can fully comply with the EE Act and avoid harsh penalties.

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The amended Employment Equity Act will come into effect on the 1st of August

Late last week, President Jacob Zuma proclaimed 1 August 2014 as the effective date for the implementation of the Employment Equity Amendment Act, reports Lexology.com.

The EE Act is aimed at implementing affirmative action measures and eliminating unfair discrimination in the workplace.

If you've forgotten about the key changes to the EE Act, here's what you need to know

According to Global Business Solutions, significant amendments to the Employment Equity Act are that the CCMA has more powers.

The CCMA will have the jurisdiction to arbitrate if the alleged unfair discrimination concerns sexual harassment. It'll also have jurisdiction when it comes to unfair discrimination matters where employees earn below the threshold.

The burden of proof in discrimination cases has also changed. The onus now shifts to employers to prove that discrimination didn't take place and, if it did, that it was fair, says the site.

We advise you to keep on reading FSP Business to find out about the other significant amendments.

All we can say to you is, it's in your best interest to comply with the amended Employment Equity Act especially now that you know when it'll become effective (1 August 2014)

If you fail to comply with the provisions of the Employment Equity Act No 55 of 1998 and the Employment Equity Amendment Act, 2013, you could face a fine ranging from R1.5million to R2.7million! Is that a risk you're prepared to take?

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